I woke up too early this morning, at least by my standards, and I can’t really put my finger on why, but it has left me kind of groggy, and in that, it has left me kind of pensive– I find myself thinking about music and how it relates to me, and things I want to get out there– so I decided to take a page from Tess in her post here and write a bit about songs that speak about me, or will speak of life. In that, a lot of them will likely be personal and I’m not sure everyone will agree with my choices, but we shall see, non?
Slow Show by The National
Okay, let me talk a bit about how I just happened to stumble across this song and somehow ended up in love with a new song a few months back. It’s one of those songs that creeps up on you, and before you know it, you’re stupidly in love with the entire message and feel of it.
You know I dreamed about you
For 29 years before I saw you
You know I dreamed about you
I missed you for, for 29 years
It’s ridiculously sweet to think about, and it speaks to me, because sometimes in your life you just have someone that creeps up on you that you feel like you’ve known forever, and like they’re a part of you. I think we’ve all had that, at least once or twice. Slow Show by The National lyrics.
Grey by Ani DiFranco
My lovely Ani– no one sings with such passion and hurt, at least in my eyes, and gets the point across as beautifully as Ani does, and this song just… screams ‘me’, and I’m not sure if that’ll fit the rest of you, but I guess…
As bad as I am, I’m proud of the fact
That I’m worse than I seem
That lyric along speaks volumes. Hiding your hurt behind what you need to get through the day is a constant in most people’s lives, and they need to learn to be proud of the fact that… I don’t know, they’re capable of existing and living their lives regardless of how hard they’re breaking deep inside. That being said, the entire song has this feel of soft regret, but also a bit of hope, and also how no matter how happy you are, you’re always going to want something more, something else, or something different. That, is the very essence, of pain. Grey by Ani Difranco lyrics
Happiness by The Fray
I love how most of my songs have this weird depressing sound about them, but in the end they’re a bit hopeful– this one in particular sounds like one that’s just screaming about how much things can suck, but really, it’s quite beautiful and full of hope once you get right down to it.
Happiness damn near destroys you
Breaks your faith to pieces on the floor
So you tell yourself that’s enough for now
But happiness has a violent roar
It’s funny how incredibly true that lyric is– no matter how good happiness is sometimes it can seem so real that it kind of breaks you, you’re terrified of what’s going to happen after the floor falls out from under you that you’re preparing for a crash that might never happen– also, this song is kind of my chosen unofficial anthem for my best friend, the dork. Happiness by the Fray lyrics
Snuff by Slipknot
Honestly, don’t look at me like that– I love songs that scream of pain and need, and this one of those songs. To be fair, I’m sure this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it really does make me feel emotional, and that’s what songs should do. They should inspire you, and break you, and they should be able to make you cry or smile, depending on the situation, or just make you feel completely out of it. This one can break me down at a moment’s notice, and that’s /powerful/.
If you still care don’t ever let me know
That alone is pretty much a summing up of what the entire song speaks of… being broken and all that, and I realise these songs are meant to be a bit more open to everyone, but can you honestly tell me you’ve never had your heart broken to the point where you just kind of wished you weren’t that close to that person so you could find some reason to dislike them, to make it easier? That’s how we get sometimes, and this song summarises that feeling. Snuff by Slipknot lyrics.
Make This Go On Forever by Snow Patrol
One of my favourite songs by Snow Patrol on the face of the planet, and for good reason. It has this epic overture feeling to it that you just know is going to make you feel something. It’s kind of one of my personal theme songs, but honestly, it really could fit with a whole mess of people.
We have got through so much worse than this before
What’s so different this time that you can’t ignore
You say it is much more than just my last mistake
And we should spend some time apart for both our sakes
It’s hard to deny the fact that the song has something to it that makes you feel at least a bit like closing your eyes and sinking down into your seat to just let it wash over you. It’s one of my favourite songs for a reason. Make This Go On Forever by Snow Patrol lyrics.
I realise all of these songs won’t be speaking to everyone, and in the end it’s kind of a subjective type of subject matter that will require a kind of personal reflection on, but these songs are worth that kind of moment to be given. If people are interested, I’ll see about getting a playlist set up for you to hear all the songs– what songs to speak to you? Do you agree with any of this? Lemme know.